Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Magnificent Urticating Slug Caterpillar

Found this little guy resting on my patio last night….

Euclea delphinii belongs to the Limacodidae Family of moths; it’s called the ‘slug caterpillar’ because of the sluggish way that it moves and its overall rounded appearance.

It also has stinging hairs (i.e. urticating).


  1. VELVET WORM!!!one!

    Sorry, couldn't help it, in light of this week's issue of PNAS...

    It's beautiful!

  2. Velvet worm…

    Good one.

    But isn’t it obvious that this particular species has gotten half of its genome from a mollusk? Remember, it’s a ‘slug’ caterpillar!